Swedish racer Felix Rosenqvist says he will remain with Mahindra Racing for season four following an impressive showing in his rookie Formula E campaign, although the team has yet to provide official confirmation.
Rosenqvist currently occupies sixth place in the drivers’ standings, just 18 points behind Renault e.Dams’ Nico Prost in third. Rosenqvist snatched a surprise maiden Formula E pole position in just his second outing, in Marrakesh, before taking a podium finish in the race.
Back-to-back top six finishes in Monaco and Paris, coupled with team mate Nick Heidfeld’s run of two consecutive podiums, have helped the Indian outfit climb to third place in the teams’ championship, with a best-ever finish in the all-electric series firmly in sight. It’s a feat made all the more impressive given the quality of competition in the paddock, in the form of consistently top notch drivers and the involvement elsewhere of manufacturers such as BMW, DS Performance and ZF.
While the team is yet to officially confirm its driver line up for 2017-2018, we understand Rosenqvist signed a two-year deal when he joined Mahindra ahead of season three.
When asked if he plans to remain in Formula E with Mahindra next season, Rosenqvist told Current E: “Yes, that’s correct. We basically signed a two-year contract from the beginning, so the plan is to stay with Mahindra.”
Rosenqvist revealed Mahindra has already begun preparations for 2017-18 by completing a one day test with its season four-spec challenger, though he says the team will not switch its full attentions onto next season until after the Montreal finale.
“We have done one test day with the season four car so far and it’s been good,” the 25-year-old said. “Obviously the big focus is still on this year and then after Montreal we will go flat out testing for next year. As we are a manufacturer we have a certain amount of test days to spend on season four, so we will switch targets quite soon. I think some of the engineers in the team are working more or less flat-out on season four now as well.”
Mahindra says it will not be confirming its driver line-up before the end of this season.
Staff writer: Lewis Larkam